Weaving, bending, patching, mending the fabric of reality: A cognitive science perspective on worldview inconsistency [Book Review]
Foundations of Science 3 (2):395-428 (1999)
|Abstract||In order to become aware of inconsistencies, one must first construe of the world in a way that reflects its consistencies. This paper begins with a tentative model for how a set of discrete memories transforms into an interconnected worldview wherein relationships between memories are forged by way of abstractions. Inconsistencies prompt the invention of new abstractions. In regions of the conceptual network where inconsistencies abound, a cognitive analog of simulated annealing is in order; there is a willingness to question previous assumptionsto loosen conceptual relationshipsso as to let new concepts thoroughly percolate through the worldview and exert the needed revolutionary effect. In so doing there is a risk of assimilating dangerous concepts. Repression arrests the process by which dangerous thoughts infiltrate the conceptual network, and deception blocks thoughts that have already been assimilated. These forms of self-initiated worldview inconsistency may evoke feelings of fragmentation at the level of the individual or the society.|
|Keywords||abstraction autocatalysis censorship cognitive development cognitive origins consciousness cultural evolution deception distorted reality memory memetics repression representational redescription worldview|
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